Law & Order: Organized Crime has been renewed for another season by NBC, but there have been several strings attached to said renewal. For one, the length of the upcoming season was cut in half, so the show will go from 20+ episodes to roughly 13 episodes.
A source close to the show told TV Line that Organized Crime producers have very specific plans for next season, and that they will be best accomplished with a reduced number of episodes.
When does Law & Order: Organized Crime return?
Now, however, there’s been an additional announcement: the Organized Crime season 4 premiere has been pushed back, and will now air during the middle of the next TV season as opposed to the start.
This is undoubtedly tough for fans, but it’s a decision that makes sense given the various changes the show has been going through since its inception. The most obvious change being the fact that Organized Crime has burned through five difference showrunners since 2021.
Matt Olmstead was replaced by Ilene Chaiken shortly before the show debuted, then she was replaced by Barry O’Brien halfway through the second season. Bryan Goluboff took over for the season three premiere, but he only lasted three months before he was swapped out with Sean Jablonski. Predictably, Jablonski left in March over “creative differences,” and SVU showrunner David Graziano stepped in to produce the final three episodes of the season.
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The rationale behind pushing the show’s release date back is to give the show time to find their latest showrunner. At least, that’s what Jeff Bader, President, Entertainment Program Planning Strategy for NBCUniversal Television, told TVLine.
"“We just know that they don’t have a new showrunner yet,” he noted. “Which is why it’s nice to be able to give them a little time and then come on midseason.”"
On the bright side, a midseason premiere means that the 13 episodes that comprise season 4 will be aired in quick succession, as opposed to being stretched out over a release period that would have required weeks of spreading new episodes out.
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